I found this list of WWE’s Top 10 moments of 2013 (so far). I have to say that I pretty much agree with everything mentioned below. Lots of great events have happened this year (although nothing crazy .. this isn’t the ATTITUDE ERA anymore people). Thought this was something I would share!
#10 – Bruno Inducted Into The WWE Hall of Fame
Hell certainly froze over when WWE announced that Bruno Sammartino would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. It was fitting for all that he accomplished and was deserved. Bruno sold out Madison Square Garden more times than anyone in the world. That is impressive in its own. What was more impressive was seeing him and Vince holding hands on the stage in front of a sold out crowd in that very building. Whether it was backstage hate, historical inaccuracies, or just a personal dislike, both guys swallowed their pride for the better of the WWE. Bruno Sammartino is the biggest superstar to enter the WWE Hall of Fame so far. Not many can top all that he has done over a long period of time.
#9 – Chris Jericho’s Surprise Return
The Royal Rumble was a great event, but many will quickly forget the best surprise. Chris Jericho returned as the number 2 entrant in the Royal Rumble. He lasted over forty minutes before being eliminated. Why does this deserve to be on the list? This return was a complete surprise to everyone. No dirt sheets broke the story. Nobody tweeted or talked about Jericho coming back. He is a guy that loves to be mysterious about his return, but silence was a virtue this time around. His return was incredible and his past 6 months have been some of the best wrestling I have ever seen from him. Chris Jericho returning was a pleasant surprise for everyone and we have all enjoyed seeing him do what he does best.
#8 – CM Punk Being Best in the World
This spot belongs to CM Punk because he continues to show us he is the best. Punk has an incredible match with The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 29 in Metlife Stadium. The next night, Punk steps away from the company. The anticipation begins. When will Punk come back? With a depleted roster heading into the summer, WWE hyped his return for WWE Payback in Chicago. “The Best in the World” returns and defeats Chris Jericho in a match that stole the show. Punk has done it all, it seems. He has held the WWE Championship, faced The Undertaker, and has flipped from face to heel to face to heel. He has made 2013 interesting for all of us
#7 – Fandangoing
It was a dance, a song, and a character that took the WWE Universe by storm. It even cracked the ITunes top 100 song downloads. Fandango appeared in the WWE and would beat Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania. The next night was telling for Fandango. The crowd after Wrestlemania was absolutely amazing. His song and his dance took off so fast. Everywhere you looked, people were humming his song. Fans attached themselves onto Fandango immediately after Wrestlemania. This “Fandangoing” is certainly a top ten moment in the first half of this year. I also felt the need to remind you that Summer Rae is UNREAL.
#6 – The NEWEST Paul Heyman Guy
When CM Punk decided to step away from the WWE for a few months, it was time to focus on a new superstar. As WWE hyped, Paul Heyman was set to debut his newest “guy.” WIth the rumors of Rob Van Dam returning to WWE, many assumed he would be that guy. The biggest surprise of the year so far had to be Joe Hennig, Michael McGillicutty, now Curtis Axel as the new “Paul Heyman Guy.” I will be the first one to say that this came out of nowhere. Axel has always had the talent in the ring, but has lacked the microphone work and the impact on the company. He would step into matches against Triple H and John Cena. His debut was shocking. The next few weeks showed you that they really liked what he had to offer. They pushed him to the Intercontinental Championship, even though many are wondering what they are doing with him now. No matter where he is at now, Axel’s debut was a moment all of us will remember in these first 6 months of 2013.
#5 – Brock Lesnar’s Attacks
He comes and goes when he pleases, but Brock Lesnar’s impact on the WWE in 2013 has been excellent. Aside from losing at Wrestlemania against Triple H, Lesnar has been able to come back and put on a great Steel Cage match the next month. Lesnar is a guy who WWE needs more now than ever. Brock Lesnar has done it all in the WWE, but he has not faced another Paul Heyman guy. When he attacked CM Punk, the crowd erupted. We all knew what was coming next. Lesnar attacking Punk is a foreshadow for possibly the biggest angle of the summer. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds, but Brock Lesnar’s attacks have been burned in our memory all year. When will it happen again?
#4 – The Shield Captures Gold
It was only a matter of time. The list of victims included John Cena, The Rock, Sheamus, Ryback, Randy Orton, The Big Show, Kane, Daniel Bryan, and more. The combination of Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose was absolutely perfect. You had the mental genius of Ambrose, the hybrid attack of Rollins, and the power of Reigns. As the United States Championship was being wasted and the Tag Team Championships around the waists of Team Hell No, WWE decided to give all the gold to the “Hounds of Justice.” Extreme Rules was their night and the name was only fitting. The Shield all holding gold was reminiscent of when Evolution did the same many years ago.
#3 – The Rock Wins The WWE Championship
It was talked about for six months. How would it happen? How would The Rock reclaim the WWE Championship? The 434 days of CM Punk’s championship reign came crashing down at Royal Rumble 2013, when The Rock went back on top of the WWE mountain. Raw 1000 started the talk and Royal Rumble ended it. I do not care what you say about his championship reign, but this victory was HUGE. The Rock was and still is Hollywood’s biggest movie star. His cross from the mat onto the red carpet has surpassed what anyone expected. When you have that guy representing your company as champion, nothing else is more important. For the “Attitude Era” fan to today’s smart fan, The Rock winning the WWE Championship put a smile on many of our faces. He came back, conquered, and left again.
#2 – World’s Strongest Speech
I am not sure if many people have always been a fan of Mark Henry like I have. The guy has been through so much in his career. He has accomplished everything aside from the WWE Championship. Henry came out and began to talk about his career. He began to cry in the middle of the ring, announcing his retirement. All of us can remember this moment because the acting was absolutely brilliant. He caught all of us by surprise when he hit a World’s Strongest Slam onto John Cena. Henry fooled us all. Daniel Day Lewis has NOTHING on Henry, who put on an Oscar-worthy performance. Many people compare this promo in terms of greatness to the one CM Punk dropped a few years ago. This is the best moment in the career of Mark Henry, hands down. The promo was spectacular, intelligent, and was surprising to say the least. Well done, World’s Strongest Man. You deserve this spot.
#1 – Dolph Ziggler Cashing In
Dolph Ziggler held the Money in the Bank briefcase for nine months. The anticipation was killing all of the fans in the WWE Universe. Many of us wanted Ziggler to cash in at Wrestlemania 29, but we did not get that. It would be the next night that made history. Dolph Ziggler came out in front of an incredible crowd in Jersey. With the excitement from a night before, the fans erupted into a craze when Dolph Ziggler’s music hit. He would attack a weakened Alberto Del Rio and cash in successfully. It may have been the crowd that made this moment memorable, but I have to give credit to Ziggler for showing the raw emotion in his face. Ziggler came to the WWE as a cheerleader. It is amazing to see how far he has come. One of the best wrestlers in the ring is Dolph Ziggler, and his cash in the night after Wrestlemania was the best moment of the first half of 2013.
Article Courtesy of WRESTLEZONE.